Paakto: to go out, date 

The Pearl River runs through the city of Guangdong (previously Canton).  Due to its wide banks and its busy water traffic, people use a special way to pull boats through the river.  They place two boats side by side and tie them together with ropes.  When one of them moves, the other follows.  This method is called Paakto, and the term is also used to describe lovers who walk hand in hand.

Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
I am proof that you can still paakto after marriage.  My husband and I will be traveling to Spain this week!  (I'm not the only wandering scribe, though.  Fellow writer Mona AlvaradoFrazier is going to France in September.  ¡El mundo es un pañuelo!)  

I'm visiting Madrid and Barcelona during this trip.  Along with some relaxing, I'll be stoking my creative fire.  I believe that others' artistic works will inspire me, so on Madrid's to-do list is El Prado, the Spanish national museum, and a flamenco show.  In Barcelona, I'm excited to experience Gaudi's distinctive architecture.  Closer to the writing front, I'll visit the statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.  I'll also be exploring the Barrio de las Letras, where the homes of Lope de Vega, Quevedo, Gongora and Cervantes are still preserved.

I look forward to sharing my experience with everyone in a future post.   

Comments (6)

On August 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM , AlvaradoFrazier said...

How exciting for you.(I'm on countdown, suitcase at the foot of my bed).A friend sent me a postcard, 2006 of Casa Batllo, Gaudi architecture-which I still have here, on the bulletin board behind my laptop. One day soon.
Enjoy, hold hands, flamenco. Looking forward to your travel posts.
Que tengas un maravilloso viaje!

 
On August 27, 2012 at 6:27 PM , Muddy said...

Your story about Paakto is so romantic! I'm sure your trip to Spain will be even more so! Spain has been on my "to visit" list forever...you're inspiring me to just do it someday soon!

 
On August 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM , Jennifer Chow said...

¡Gracias,Mona! I'm excited to hear about your trip to France, too. I'll be checking out the Casa Batllo in Barcelona :)

 
On August 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM , Jennifer Chow said...

We finished our first day in Madrid, and it's been so lovely. Hope you get to visit it soon!

 
On September 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM , Julia Tomiak said...

Have a great trip! I hope you'll share lots of pictures! It will be a lOng time before I get to travel to Europe- be a good blogger and let me live vacariously through you!

 
On September 4, 2012 at 10:28 AM , Jennifer Chow said...

Hi Julia,
Thanks! I'm finally back, and we had a great time. I'll be sharing photos soon.